Friday, August 29, 2014

Getting a Start on Our First Full Agility Season

Rocco flies over a jump at our last trial
this past May
We're busy preparing for the fall agility trial season, and this weekend we head to Chicopee Woods in Gainesville, Ga., for the USDAA trial.

This will be Rocco's first full agility season, so we're excited to get going! We had an awesome practice on Tuesday night and now we're in our taper.

We're trying to be really conscious not to over train so that Rocco will be fresh and ready to go on Saturday.

So that means that the rest of this week we're doing some light running, walks, some back yard play and a little bit of jump training in the backyard just because it's fun!

We're also doing some stretching for both me and Rocco to keep us both flexible and injury free. And, of course, we're resting too!

Here are a few photos from the last trial we competed in last May.
Wheeee! There's nothing like a good jump!
     

More jumps!

I think Rocco took a moment to strike a pose for the photographer. I don't remember him doing this!

We're really looking forward to having a fun time this weekend, and can't wait to see how we've progressed since the spring!

Are you thinking about getting started in agility? Here are a few posts you might find helpful:

How to get started in dog agility
5 tips to get your puppy started in agility
What does success mean to you?

Hope you all have a fit and fun Labor Day weekend!


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27 comments:

  1. I'm really working hard on my nose work for my first trial in about ten days, but our plan is to not do much the last couple days either. Over training is about as bad as under training. Can't wait to hear all about your agility adventures this season!

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    1. Yes! It's really easy to get caught up in the training and not know when to stop! Good luck preparing for your first trial!

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  2. Good luck for the upcoming weekend and we hope it goes well. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  3. Agility looks like it's a blast. I've done obedience and field trials. I think my next dog will be an agility dog. My only concern is remembering the course.

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    1. Remembering the course seems to get easier the more you do it. You start learning certain patterns and when you break down the course into a series of sequences it become much easier to remember. I think agility is good for keeping our memory sharp, too!

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  4. Good luck this weekend, hope everything goes well!!

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  5. I am an agility ADDICT! Jimmy and I finally earned our MACH back in April. One of the best days ever! I don't practice much at all. Once a week class that means running maybe 3 tough courses, and then a couple times a month a private lesson for 30 minutes. I have some equipment at home but rarely use it anymore.

    Those are great photos! Rocco looks like he loves it! Good Luck! Be sure to get a video!

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    1. Wow! That's cool! We hope to get a MACH someday!

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  6. Rocco you look so graceful in the air. Good luck this weekend. Take lots of photos and videos to share!

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    1. Oh we will! We love the photos and video!

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  7. Good luck this weekend. I love the "wheeeee" photo; that's true joy right there. :)

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    1. It's so fun to see the joyful look on his face! I don't get to see it when we're running!

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  8. Go Rocco - good luck, can't wait to hear about it.

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    1. Thank you! We can't wait for this weekend! Will be lots of fun!

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  9. Yay Rocco! Have fun and good luck! ☺

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  10. Way to go Rocco!! We keep thinking of getting Ziva into some sort of agility or flyball competitions. I just need to finish school first. :-)

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  11. We've taken some foundation classes and I'd like to take some more classes with Mr. N at some point. Good luck, Rocco!

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  12. Best of luck at your trial. Bet you will do great!

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  13. Good luck this weekend! These pictures are fantastic--I love the way his hair is flying!

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  14. Good luck!! It sounds like you are ready! We are still considering agility for Luke, so I'll be referring back to your posts when we're ready to start.

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  15. Hey, Just wondering, I only train my dogs at home to do agility but I'd love to start competing so I was wondering how come the coarse changes for each dog?

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  16. There are several different events offered that each have different types of equipment. A standard course has all the equipment -- contacts, jumps, weaves, tunnels, etc. While a course like Jumpers With Weaves has only jumps, weaves and tunnels. The courses change at each event to provide new patterns and new challenges for each dog/handler team. Otherwise it would get boring! I'm not sure it that was what you were asking, but hope it helps!

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  17. Hope you had fun at your Agility trial this past weekend :)

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